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Composting and gardening on Caye Caulker ?. #395371
12/22/10 06:28 PM
12/22/10 06:28 PM
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Colindaco Offline OP
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Anyone growing any successful vegetable gardens on Caye Caulker.?
I heard that the iguanas Love vegies ?
Any interesting or unusual fruit trees ?



Re: Composting and gardening on Caye Caulker ?. [Re: Colindaco] #395377
12/22/10 07:44 PM
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Have you been to CC?

Re: Composting and gardening on Caye Caulker ?. [Re: Colindaco] #395388
12/22/10 10:42 PM
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Yes Ron - Maybe a dozen times since 92 . Do you have a garden ?

Re: Composting and gardening on Caye Caulker ?. [Re: Colindaco] #395389
12/22/10 10:57 PM
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Crabs love fruits and vegetables too.
The least problem is the salt environment.
The biggest problem is the shortage of fresh water.
The dry periods will kill everything.
Most successful fruit tree is the coconut tree.
FYI


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Re: Composting and gardening on Caye Caulker ?. [Re: Colindaco] #395393
12/23/10 12:49 AM
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Short is correct
You must enclose it in a way a crab can't dig under or a single wish willy sneak in the lid..
You need to water, even on days that it rains in the morning. The sandy soil does not retain moisture.
The soil is very basic- pineapples and other fruits do not do well.
The soil is short of nitrogen also. Your best bet is soil in bags from the city, as growing medium in elevated trays with screen covers. The covers cut down the sun a good bit....
Guava, papayas, key limes, and seagrapes do well as do coco plums

Re: Composting and gardening on Caye Caulker ?. [Re: Colindaco] #395394
12/23/10 12:52 AM
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Not there enough to be able to harvest what might grow. Hope I have plantains when I get back in a week. For composting not very likely when you have wish willy's and crabs that will eat everything that is thrown out.

Re: Composting and gardening on Caye Caulker ?. [Re: Colindaco] #395447
12/23/10 06:36 PM
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Did I mention I have planted over a thousand fruit and flower trees and twenty or more vegetable gardens on Caye Caulker?
The ocean Academy had a composting summer program that was a success. They kept the creatures out of the garbage well enough to win for once.

Re: Composting and gardening on Caye Caulker ?. [Re: Dane] #395457
12/23/10 10:13 PM
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Hey Dane
I'd love some info on composting - i know that annie (chocolate) composts, but i can't remember how she does it with the heat and the alternating brown and green layers. Maybe someone from academy could help us out here - we have an area behind the deli in SP that i'd like to use for composting but i need to convince the landlord and the dogs that it's a clean idea..... many thanks!


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Re: Composting and gardening on Caye Caulker ?. [Re: Colindaco] #395462
12/24/10 08:26 AM
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If you are going to compost in this environment you'll need some special local now-how. Annie is a smart lady, so if she's doing it my guess is she's the one who knows the best way.

You'd think that composting was/is easy, but out in the cayes we lack some of the otherwise common (elsewhere) elements of the process - such as earthworms.

I used to take my vegetable matter and put it with water on the blender, grind it up and then mix it into the soil around the plants. After a while I got lazy and stopped, but it seems to have worked for the household level of organic waste we generated.




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